It's been almost 10 full years since the opening of ABC's 'LOST' saw the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 marooned upon the shores of a mysterious island, whose various challenges forced them into a mantra of "live together, die alone." While six seasons and an epic finale may not have answered every question raised by inquisitive fans, the majority of the cast all gathered at Sunday's PaleyFest reunion panel to celebrate the magic (and insanity) that was 'LOST.'
The fictional family at the center of the ‘Taken’ movies joins the Freelings (‘Poltergeist’), the Brodys (‘Jaws’), the Connors (‘The Terminator’) and the McClanes (‘Die Hard’) as those which will never be free of their respective threats. Sharks and Grubers and robot assassins and cult leader ghosts just don’t rest as long as their and Hollywood’s objectives remain unfulfilled, and the same goes for the vengeful Albanians who will just keep coming after Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife and daughter (Famke Jansen and Maggie Grace) until they’re satisfied.
But will there be a ‘Taken 3’ to depict the next step in this ongoing family feud, which we saw in ‘Taken 2’ is focused primarily between the Millses and the clan of kidnapping kingpin Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija)?
It may have been over two years since the end of 'LOST,' but if writer Damon Lindelof won't stop talking about it, why should we? We already knew that former 'LOST' star Maggie Grace had nabbed a major role in the upcoming season of Showtime's David Duchovny dramedy 'Californication' as rock and roll groupie "Faith," which the potential for her own spin-off, but what former 'LOST' cast-mate will be seeing her in another life, brotha?
Maggie Grace - one time island resident on 'Lost' and possible escapee of space jail in 'Lockout' - has joined the ninth season of 'Californication' for a nine-episode arc that could lead to a spin-off show. She would be playing a Catholic school girl who became a groupie and forms a bond with David Duchovny's character.
I can assure you that I didn't spend the entirety of my time on the hotel suite couch staring at Maggie Grace's legs. I did catch myself gawking, mouth agape like a neanderthal, at her low cut cream-colored blouse, as well.
It wasn't intentional, believe me. My objective was to discuss the by-and-large entertaining Luc Besson-produced picture 'Lockout,' but, well, movie stars can sometimes turn the most professional of us into mush.
If Ms. Grace caught my gaze she rolled with it, perhaps out of exhaustion (it was the end of a full day of press) or perhaps she took a cue from her character, Emilie Warnock, the President's willfully determined daughter who, with the aid of wise-crackin' Guy Pearce, must outwit the sprung criminals in an orbiting maximum security prison. Once I collected myself, I was able to throw a few questions her way.
It's April. The calm before the storm. The buffer between the Spring movie season and the Summer movie season. In other words, it's the perfect time to release a Luc Besson-scripted sci-fi action film starring Guy Pearce. And wouldn't you know it, the opening five minutes of 'Lockout' are online right now!